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The 38th World Di­a­mond Con­gress, the bi­en­nial meet­ing of the World Fed­er­a­tion of Di­a­mond Bourses (WFDB) and the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­mond Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (IDMA), that was hosted in Mum­bai by the GJEPC, ended with a re­solve to unit­edly tackle press­ing is­sues like fi­nance, lab-grown di­a­mond nomen­cla­ture, SMEs, generic di­a­mond pro­mo­tion and much more.

At the con­clu­sion, WFDB pres­i­dent Ernie Blom urged di­a­mond ex­change pres­i­dents and mem­bers to join hands to boost the global pres­ence of the trade or­gan­i­sa­tion. IDMA pres­i­dent Ron­nie Van­der­lin­den, in a press note, ex­pressed con­cern over the clo­sure of di­a­mond man­u­fac­tur­ing units in smaller di­a­mond cen­tres like Ar­me­nia, Namibia, South Africa, Rus­sia, Sri Lanka and Thai­land. He also in­di­cated that di­a­mond man­u­fac­tur­ing was dwin­dling in China, which is down from a peak of 40,000 cut­ters to less than 5,000.

Echo­ing Blom’s sen­ti­ments, Van­der­lin­den, too, said that the time may have come for the di­a­mond trade to unite un­der a sin­gle header and speak with a sin­gle voice on be­half of its mem­bers.

For the Cover Story, US-based jour­nal­ist Cyn­thia Un­ni­na­yar trav­elled to Bo­gota, Colom­bia, for the Sec­ond World Emer­ald Sym­po­sium, which dis­cussed the chal­lenges fac­ing the emer­ald in­dus­try along with talks on in­dus­trial min­ing, ge­ol­ogy, gem­mol­ogy, ori­gin, treat­ments, new tech­nolo­gies, jewellery and more.

Vivek Shah of Karma De­signs, Ahmed­abad, out­lines jewellery trends for the com­ing year in In­dus­try In­sight, while Italy Trends show­cases de­sign direc­tions from the re­cently con­cluded Vi­cen­za­oro show.

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